How do you say Happy Valentine’s Day to those you love? Flowers, candy, cards, or some even bigger display? Or do you prefer to do something special together? Or is it one of those days that just slips by? I saw a funny “quote” the other day. It was a photo from Star Wars and the caption was “I’ll be celebrating Valentine’s Day Han’s style….Solo!” Maybe that’s more you 🙂
We don’t make a super big hoohaw about Valentine’s Day, a few special things, like maybe chocolate or sometimes flowers. I’m usually in favor of homemade or home-printed Valentines. (OK, I admit sometimes I put way too much work into the “homemade” Valentines that the kids take to school. But this year, I put in 10 minutes of work on a printable, and then they are on their own, I’m just too tired,with a been there, done that kind of feeling). Anwyays, I came up with a brilliant idea that I think will make a memorable Valentine’s Day for us this year: The kids are in charge of making and serving supper for my husband and I. Sounds a tad dangerous, but I intend to enjoy it! We’ll see how it goes…
After having said that, I admit I did make a few Valentine’s cookies. I had the dough in the fridge and a few more M&Ms from the last couple of posts! 🙂 And I had these cute letter cookie cutters to try out! (A fun gift from a friend) So here goes a little tutorial for some fairly easy, but attention-getting cookies.
Ingredients: chocolate cookie dough and candy melts (I use Wilton brand) and letter cookie cutters (or just freehand it) and small heart cutters.Amor= love in Spanish 😉 Galletas=Cookies! Cut out letters and a bunch of small or medium hearts for bases.Bake and let cool…..cool!Melt up some red and white candy melts and get ready to pipe them out of baggies with only a tiny corner snipped off…Squeeze strings of candy melt out while moving back and forth over all the letters. Repeat with next color.Then pick up each letter and break off the extra bits of candy melt off the sides, this is really easy and works well.Line up the letters and the bases, some letters need two hearts for their bases.Use some more candy melt to attach the bases, I used dark cocoa candy melts (only took 3 melts)Holding the letters in place for about 5 seconds was mostly enough to balance the letters, but if necessary, prop them up for a bit…The candy melts set up quite quickly. Here’s the bird’s eye view:And there you go! The letters are quite sturdy and just so fun looking! Great for a Valentine’s Day centerpiece.Oh wait! Since you have the cookie dough out, and maybe a few extra cookies baked, go ahead and decorate some more for your centerpiece. Here’s how I did it with Nutella and M&Ms using the same idea from the other day’s post: The kids wanted to cut out some Os and Xs for hugs and kisses, so I used up the last of the red M&Ms on these:And here’s one for you from me (sorry it’s not edible but I’m all about digital stuff)
I’d love to hear from you if you try out some of my little cookie techniques! 🙂
Hope you had a sweet Valentine’s Day! Personally, I think it should be Valentine’s Week, just to fit everything in. Around our house, things do tend to get drawn out, birthdays, holidays, stuff like that, so maybe it was Valentine’s Week around here 🙂
I always tell myself that this Valentine’s Day I’m not going to go crazy getting stuff done for the kids’ school valentines…but every year (excepting one) I stay up late getting cookies baked, bags packed, labels stamped, gifts wrapped, etc. It’ s one of those obsessive things I can’t seem to get past! Here are some of the cookies I was working on, I don’t always do cookies, but rather send candy, since kids nowadays don’t seem too content with just small paper valentines 🙂 but this year I did go for cookies since I had this cute cutter and the first grade has a pet hedgehog named Chloe!!
Here are some more photos from our Valentine’s Day (week)….and for some reason I put quotes on them…… Fondant train made by Amber!! Some of our pixelated Valentine’s Day decor came from the Minecraft birthday party we did at the beginning of the month (and which I will post about soon!)All in all, it was a sweet week!!
All of a sudden, we had a big bag of grapefruits. The kids love them, but I’m not so sure about them…they make my tongue sting…we juiced a few and added them to sprite for punch one night, but I still wanted to try and find another use for them (the punch gave me heartburn) so after searching around on Allrecipes.com I found one recipe for grapefruit cookies, but didn’t like the “cakey” sound of them. The idea wouldn’t go away, so I made up my own recipe (altered an old one I had) for grapefruit cookies.
Here are the steps, and the recipe is at the end:
Zest up some grapefruit peel and squeeze some juice! That’s pink grapefruit remember…
Add the zest (finely grated grapefruit peel, the pink part only , not the white stuff) and some of the juice,
Mix the dry ingredients separately, (non-exciting photo)
Make the dough, then roll it into a log shape on wax paper.
All of a sudden, because of Valentine’s day, I had the idea of shaping the log a bit so it would look heart shaped. I pushed down on one side, to make the point of the heart, then flipped it over and pushed on the opposite side (still for the point)…(excuse the freakish hand)..then……….(pls. a lot of my ideas happen “suddenly” and “last minute/second” that’s the way I work..)
Then I used the handle of a spatula to make an indent in the opposite side, to divide the top of the heart.
Refridgerate the dough, usually for a couple of hours (or freeze for a bit) so it’s stiff enough to slice thinly.
Prepare some pink and orange decorator’s sugar in a shallow dish or plate, and mix it together.
Press each sliced cookie into the sugar so that one side is coated with sugar, then place sugar side up on baking trays (cookie sheets) lined with parchment paper (or just greased, I guess 🙂 I actually worked up some patience and let the kids help me with this part:
Bake and let cool on racks. Now mix up some icing with the remaining grapefruit juice and pipe out a line around the edge, then 3 lines crossing the inside of the heart, to look like grapefruit sections. Add 2 or 3 little “seeds”! The icing is a bit “blobby”, not super stiff, so it spreads out a bit…but what a taste!
The Pink Grapfruit Butter Cookie Recipe
This is a smaller recipe, using one grapefruit, doubling or tripling works out great.
From one pink grapefruit~ 1 Tbsp. juice and 2 tsp. zest (finely grated peel) (Put aside an extra 2 Tbsp. of juice for the icing)
Combine the dry ingredients~
1 cup flour
1/8 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. baking soda
1 Tbsp. cornstarch
1/4 cup icing sugar
1/3 cup butter
1/4 cup sugar
At low speed, beat in grapefruit peel and juice and 1/2 tsp. vanilla until mixed. Gradually beat in flour mixture just until blended. Roll dough into a log (about 2 inches wide and about 8 inches long), wrap in wax paper or plastic and refridgerate for a few hours until firm. Slice into about 1/4 inch slices. Push one side of each slice into sugar and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 10 minutes. Let cool then ice with the following icing~
melt 1/2 Tbsp butter
whisk in 1 cup of icing sugar and
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 to 2 Tbsp. grapefruit juice